A Fort Collins couple cited an illegal search and their medical
marijuana registration as reasons a judge should dismiss charges
against them for marijuana cultivation.
Nicole and Alexander Baatsen said Larimer County Sheriff's Office
investigators illegally searched their south Fort Collins home in
2007 when they ignored Nicole Baatsen's comments denying them access
to the home.
Sheriff's investigators searched the home Sept. 21 after surveying
the home several times, sheriff's investigator Josh Sheldon said in
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Schools have been given a new procedure for dealing with student
School District 69 (Qualicum) trustees recently enacted a new interim
substance abuse policy which abolishes an old rule of immediate
suspension for students using, distributing, possessing or under the
influence or drugs or alcohol.
"It is clear we have issues of alcohol and drug use in our community
with our young people," said Sean McKierahan, assistant superintendent
of schools. "I think all community agencies are aware of that."
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I have just finished reading the story regarding the rampant drug
dealing which is going on in North Vancouver (and West Vancouver as
As a resident living right in the "thick" of things on West Fourth
Street in the City of North Vancouver who has tried unsuccessfully to
be proactive in my community, I feel I must speak out.
First there is no longer a pay phone in front of the 7-Eleven
mentioned, as I worked successfully with the management of 7-Eleven
and the payphone was removed.
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Even Mickey D is not immune from robbery.
The Saanichton McDonald's was robbed at 10:30 PM on May 27 by a
suspect who produced a note indicating he had a gun. He fled with an
undisclosed amount of money only to have the police dog on his trail
within minutes. Not only did Jacko the police dog take a bite out of
crime, literally, but the entire incident was recorded and uploaded on
www.crooktube.com within minutes.
RCW encourages all businesses to install CCTVs (Closed Circuit
Television) and upload all incidents to www.crooktube.com. For
information on CCTV go to www.ruralcrimewatch.com and click on
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The chances of a supervised injection site opening in Quebec aren't
high, but the province is at least thinking about it
Now that heroin addicts in Vancouver can breathe a little easier,
thanks to the British Columbia Supreme Court's decision late last
month to extend supervised injection facility Insite's exemption from
federal drug laws for at least a year, there are murmurs that Quebec
is mulling a similar project. Earlier this month, provincial Health
Minister Philippe Couillard said the government was "looking into this
very seriously," sending shivers of excitement through the addiction
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Nobody relishes the idea of men or women under the influence of drugs
or alcohol operating buses, subways or other public-transit vehicles.
But the notion of trampling over Canadians' civil liberties, as the
Toronto Transit Commission is considering doing in response to one or
two apparently isolated incidents, is no more appealing.
Earlier this month, a Toronto bus driver was charged with impaired
driving after passengers noticed him driving erratically; his
blood-alcohol level proved to be three times over the legal limit.
Coincidentally, a report emerged around the same time that a transit
worker killed in a subway tunnel accident last year was high on
marijuana at the time. (A lack of safety procedures, not impairment,
was blamed for his death.) There is no available research to suggest
either of these incidents reflected widespread behaviour. But the
city councillors who oversee the transit service have nevertheless
decided that drastic measures may be needed, asking yesterday for TTC
staff to investigate drug and alcohol testing for employees.
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OROVILLE -- A Vallejo man went on trial Wednesday, charged with the
murders of two of three men killed in a gun battle during a marijuana
buy at an Oroville motel in 2006.
Though there is no evidence Deandre Tyrone Lowe, now 39, was ever
armed, prosecutors are charging him with murder under the so-called
"felony murder rule," which holds accomplices liable for deaths that
occur during certain serious crimes.
According to police reports, during the Oct. 22, 2006, transaction at
the Best Value Inn in Oroville, one of four would-be buyers, Dejuan
Dean, 34, of Vallejo, pulled a gun and ordered the other two men with
him -- including Lowe -- to scoop up the money and drugs, from three
Concow area pot sellers.
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The writer of this letter is very naive and has not thought through
the drug related problems we face.
The world would be better without pollution, George Bush, and a whole lot
Wish logic is not going to solve any problems.
The only choice we have in dealing with drugs is whether we allow the
criminal black markets to supply them or we provide them in legal
regulated markets where age and quality controls can be enforced.
Which of these two choices do you prefer?
Santa Cruz, CA.
To the Editor:
(Editors Note: The following
letters are in
response to a Letter to the
Editor in the Thursday,
June 12 issue of The News
Review entitled: World
would be better without
The world would be better without cockroaches, too. That doesn't mean
it is a good idea to burn down the house to get rid of them.
There was a time when most of the current drug problems simply didn't
exist. There were addicts - about the same percentage as today - but
the addicts didn't commit crimes to support their habits. There were
no drug gangs. There was no drugrelated violence, except for that
related to alcohol.
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To the Editor:
I'm writing about Gay Caswell's not-so-thoughtful letter: "World would
be better without cocaine" (6-12-08).
If tough-on-drugs policies worked, the idealistic goal of a drug free
America would have been reached a long time ago.
And if tolerant marijuana policies caused more hard drug use and
crime, the Czech Republic would have much higher rates of hard drug
use and crime.
They do not.
The Czech Republic is the only country in the world where adult
citizens can legally use, purchase, possess and grow small quantities
of marijuana. (In the Netherlands, marijuana is quasi-legal - not
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